Even in the bustling West Bank city of Ramallah, opportunities for economic success after finishing secondary school are elusive.

For students who have not succeeded in traditional academic programs, the Episcopal Technological and Vocational Training Center (ETVTC) is a godsend.

Founded in 2000 by its current director Giovanni Anbar, ETVTC offers students two years of hands-on learning in one of two tracks: hospitality and culinary arts or information technology. Upon graduation 94 percent of students move to full-time employment, additional vocational training, or university studies.